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SUNBURNT TERRACE: Subroto final, better than any ISL game, shows why football can grow

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THE FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT infrastructure present in states like Manipur and Mizoram can be great examples to follow for the rest of the country, but the will to put in the hard work seems entirely missing in AIFF and the state bodies.

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THE DURAND CUP is dead, too. The last standing major Indian cup tournament, the third oldest football tournament of the world has been shut down. Now the football lovers of the country can put all their attention on one ISL game every night, without getting distracted by any professional football running in parallel. 

In the middle of the monotonous daily routine of the ISL, the Subroto Cup rather sneaked up on us. Few took notice at first. But the grand finale of the U-17 category, held on a Friday afternoon at Delhi's Ambedkar Stadium, earned a lot of eyeballs on TV thanks to the presence of football legend Pele. 


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